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SURFACE AND PROFILING INSTRUMENTS

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AUTONOMOUS SURFACE VEHICLE (ASV)

BUOY is an umbrella term that covers all floats, whether they are stationary or able to move vertically and/or horizontally.

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DRIFTERS float on the surface and are moved horizontally by ocean waves and currents

PROFILING FLOATS adjust their buoyancy to move vertically through the water column;

STATIONARY FLOATS remain in one spot.

MOORINGS are similar to stationary floats but are anchored to the seabed; large ones can act as a platform for researchers and equipment.

REFERENCES

  1. EchoBlue. (2019). "Unmanned Marine Systems - ASVs, USVs & Autonomous Boat Control System". Retrieved from https://www.unmannedsystemstechnology.com/company/autonomous-surface-vehicles-ltd/

  2. Planet OS. (2016). "Hundreds of NDBC Stations Now Available". Retrieved from https://medium.com/planet-os/hundreds-of-ndbc-stations-now-available-4b2336e506e8

  3. Schmidt Ocean Institute. (2018). "Co-ordinated robotics part 2: 'au'au channel - Lights, camera, drift!". Retrieved from https://schmidtocean.org/cruise-log-post/lights-camera-drift/

  4. Seabird Scientific. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://navis.sea-birdscientific.com/

  5. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. (2018). "24/7 Science at Sea". Retrieved from https://www.whoi.edu/image-of-day/24-7-science

Last revised: April 19, 2020​